over the past 48 hours, more than 2,500 flights. authorities say, if you don't have to be out here, stay home and be safe. >> yeah, it's not just the snow falling but it's the unseen wind. we had 74-mile-per-hour wind gusts out of this storm. we'll see these strong winds, up to 70 miles per hour, throughout the day. all of america's forecast in about a minute. >> thank you, sam. we saw the snow in washington, d.c. yesterday. that's what president obama will be returning to this morning, cutting his hawaii vacation short because of the looming fiscal cliff deadline. it is now just five days away. is there any movement on either side? how many more times can we ask this question of abc chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl, joining us this morning. dare i ask, where we stand this morning? >> reporter: good news and bad news. the president's coming back to washington. the senate's coming back. they're ready to strike a deal. the bad news, josh, no progress whatsoever. and, in fact, the treasury department said that the government on monday will hit the limit of how much money we can borrow to run the government.